|Calder Cup Playoffs | First Round
Game 2 | Saturday April 22, 2017 | Series tied 1-1
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg
Veilleux – Audette – Farnham
MacMillan – Petti – Camara
Redmond – Brouillette
Hanley – Lernout
Lowe – Didier
Scratches: Ryan Johnston, Tom Parisi, David Broll, Guillaume Asselin, Markus Eisenschmid, Jeremy Gregoire, Victor Mete, Noah Juulsen, Daniel Carr (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The IceCaps and the Syracuse Crunch got back in action Saturday night in the second game of their best-of-five series. The opening frame was a little more defensive than the first period of game one; both sides exchanged solid scoring chances and power play opportunities. The stars of the first period were Charlie Lindgren and Mike McKenna who kept it scoreless after 20 minutes of play.
The second period brought a little more action. Just over seven minutes in to the frame, Syracuse was awarded a penalty shot. Tye McGinn was stoned with the glove by Lindgren and that proved to be huge. Just over a minute later, Jacob de la Rose opened the scoring off a nice feed from Stefan Matteau to make it 1-0 St. John’s. But just under two minutes after the IceCaps opened the scoring, Syracuse responded. It was Slater Koekkoek off a nice cross-ice feed from Matthew Peca, to tie the game 1-1.
In the third period, the IceCaps found their offense. It was Charles Hudon roofing one past McKenna to restore the St. John’s lead. Then just under four minutes later, Matteau doubled the IceCaps lead, making it 3-1. But Syracuse did not go away.
With less than five minutes remaining, they scored two goals to tie it up 3-3. Matt Taormina scored the first, firing a puck on net that took a strange bounce and beat Lindgren. Then it was Cory Conacher with a one-time blast, taking the air out of the Mile One Center in the process. This game needed overtime to determine a winner.
In the first overtime period, the IceCaps thought they had ended it when Yannick Veilleux looked to have scored but after a review, it was determined that the puck did not completely cross the line so the teams played on. They exchanged chances for the remainder of the frame, but neither goalie budged, as this game needed two overtimes.
In the second overtime frame, the Crunch thought they had ended it but also had it waved off due to goaltender interference. But just minutes later, McGinn got a nice feed from Peca and deposited the puck into the net to end it.
The IceCaps lost a tough one 4-3. The series shifts to Syracuse on Wednesday for the final three games of the series.
(Game Report written by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer for AHL Report)
▲ Jacob de la Rose, Stefan Matteau, Max Friberg, Charlie Lindgren, Charles Hudon, Josiah Didier
▼ Niki Petti
|0 for 5||Power Play||0 for 3|
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Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Max Friberg
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